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Originally posted by gilgamesh12
Caffiene will kill you way before aspartame will. I dont claim to know everything but i have been a personal trainer and dietitian for 9 years now. If anybody has better credentials then that please let me know. Doesn't really matter because it seems doctors are telling you its all in your head and you don't listen to them, why should you listen to a trainer, dietitian or doctor. Just keep listening to yourselves guys, and all the other quacks online. You'll get really far in life
Originally posted by OnceReturned
Guess what: too much of anything is bad for you!
At high enough levels, every single substance that exists is toxic. Does that mean that everything is a poison? Only if we choose the egregiously oversimplified position that the situation is black and white; things either are or aren't poison, or they are simply "good" or "bad." Stop thinking like that, it's wrong! In order to understand the reality, we have to accept that it is nuanced. Things aren't just good or bad; certain amount of things are necessary or beneficial or neutral, while deficiencies or overconsumption of these same things are toxic.
We all need trace amounts of heavy metals (iron is in every red blood cell) yet we're all aware that heavy metals are poisonous at higher levels; we all need cholesteral (it's fundamental to the structure of every cell in your body) but we know too much will harm our cardiovascular system; and we all need salt (the ions that it turns into in your body are necessary for your nervous system to function at all), but we know too much will lower our life expectancy. Even water can be toxic at high enough levels; it can cause imbalances in electrolytes and even swell your brain.
I sympathize with you and your wife, but there is no conspiracy going on here. For the vast majority of people consuming aspartame at low levels it is perfectly safe. As far as I can tell - and I've taken my fair share graduate level biochemisty and biology courses - the danger of aspartame is two fold. Both of these dangers come from the metabolic products of the compound. One danger only applies to a small portion of the population who have to limit their intake of the amino acid phenylalanine because of a genetic condition. Aspartame is broken down in a number of substances including phenylalanine, and this is harmless to people without the genetic condition. The other danger comes from methanol, which is another substance that aspartame is broken down into. Methanol is relatively toxic (it is broken down further into compounds which are directly toxic). However, consumption of aspartame in "normal" quantities (a diet soft-drink here and there, or a packet or two in coffee) posses almost no danger because the potentially dangerous metabolic products are broken down and excreted faster than they are formed.
Consider that aspartame is used as an alternative to sugar, and that diabetes and obesity are epidemic in this country. The caloric content of aspartame at conventional doses is negligible, meaning that it doesn't contribute to weight gain to nearly the extent that real sugar does. It also doesn't affect blood sugar, so it's an acceptable sugar substitute for diabetics. Considering that aspartame can contribute greatly to a reduction in these two major health problems, there is a strong incentive to promote its use. Aspartame related health problems occur at a vastly lower rate than obesity or diabetes, so the idea that aspartame is the lesser of two evils (the other "evil" being real sugar) should be taken seriously.
I don't think the government is out to kill anyone with aspartame. I think they set out to approve and promote a substance which can replace and reduce real sugar, which we know contributes immensly to two of the most significant diseases afflicting the population. I think it's almost certain that aspartame is doing more good in reducing sugar consumption than harm in its potential toxicity at high levels. It's not a miracle cure, and it's certainly not perfect, but used reasonably it can be beneficial overall.
Remember, everything in moderation. If you consume 20 or more of anything on a daily basis, it's probably not good for you.